A few weeks ago we told you about how hackers were threatening to leak the details of Ashley Madison‘s (a website for cheating spouses to find people to…well, cheat on their spouses with) 37 million customers. And wouldn’t you know — they weren’t bluffing. The hackers actually went and posted all of Ashley Madison’s client information on the dark web.
Only problem I see? Your average housewife doesn’t even know that the dark web exists, let alone how to log onto it. Lady’s gonna keep shuttling the kids to and from soccer practice every day while her husband boinks the next door neighbor in their kitchen without the faintest clue what’s going on, all because the extent of her computer ability is double-clicking on Internet Explorer once a day to feed her Neopets. Yes, a grown woman can have Neopets, stop judging. NO, I DON’T HAVE NEOPETS I SAID IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL STOP JUDGING ME.
According to Daily Mail,
The names, ages, addresses, phone numbers and credit card details of up to 37million users including 1.2million in the UK were revealed in a 9.7 gigabyte file called ‘Time’s Up!’ posted on the dark web.
Bankers, civil servants, UN peacekeepers and even Vatican employees have been outed by hackers from the Impact Team because they are considered ‘cheating dirtbags’.
… Security experts said today the data breach will not only end marriages but could also leave people open to blackmail.
Or you could just…confess to cheating. That’s probably easier and cheaper than getting blackmailed, but what do I know? I’m clearly in the wrong here; having never made a profile on a website for cheating spouses. What was I thinking?
The dark web files released today shows the profile of every user, including their name, date of birth, home address, phone number, username and email address.
The hackers have previously claimed to have all profile pictures including naked shots.
Their sexual fantasies are also listed and also a description of the type of sexual partner they are looking to have an affair with.
A separate file also details credit card transactions.
The majority of the 37million users are married men.
Among the email addresses are ones from the British and US governments and armed forces, major companies including IBM and BAE Systems as well as institutions such as the Catholic church and universities including Harvard and Yale.
There are around 15,000 .mil addresses – the official US Military address – or .gov addresses, which is used by the US government.
The data released today appears to be genuine and exposes the infidelity of millions of people around the world.(via)
As for how the cheaters of Ashley Madison are handling it, well…denial is everyone’s best friend, apparently. One British woman told Daily Mail that her name was only included in the hackers’ data because someone was out to get her, lamenting “I’m absolutely heartbroken. I’m married and would never do something like this. It must be malicious. I never knew I had enemies.”
Riiiight. Riiiiight. Cue world’s tiniest violin playing a sad, sad song.
[H/T Daily Mail]